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Marino lands two stories in Wall Street Journal
FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and curator of St. Olaf's Hong Kierkegaard Library, recently landed back-to-back bylines in the Wall Street Journal, including "Finding Calm in Mike Tyson's Pigeon Coop" and a review of Andrew Dubus III's memoir, Townie.

St. Olaf announces faculty promotions, tenure
FEBRUARY 28, 2011

St. Olaf Provost and Dean of the College Jim May recently announced that this year one St. Olaf faculty member has been promoted to full professor and six have been promoted to associate professor, four of whom also were granted tenure.

Tegtmeyer Pak to deliver spring Mellby Lecture
FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak will deliver the spring Mellby Lecture, “Making Citizens: Lessons from Japan,” Thursday.

Star Tribune asks Ruby about grant programs
FEBRUARY 25, 2011

For her story "Aid cuts may close door to college," Star Tribune reporter Jenna Ross asked Kathy Ruby, dean of student financial aid at St. Olaf, for her take on proposed cuts to federal and state grant programs for low-income college students.

Alumna leaves $6 million to St. Olaf
FEBRUARY 24, 2011

Klara Stockdal Johnson '38 bequeathed an estate worth $6 million to St. Olaf upon her death in January at age 94. She and her husband, Elliot, had long been generous supporters of the college.

St. Olaf to host economic summit
FEBRUARY 22, 2011

Ole economists and business leaders from across the nation will return to campus April 15 to discuss the global financial crisis as part of the 2011 St. Olaf Economic Summit: Crisis, Reform, and the Future. They will be joined by keynote speaker Eugene Ludwig, former comptroller of the United States currency.

St. Olaf makes list of colleges with 'best financial aid'
FEBRUARY 21, 2011

CBS notes that St. Olaf is one of "63 Colleges With the Best Financial Aid" after it made a recently released U.S. News & World Report list of colleges and universities that meet their students' full financial need.

Students 'psyched' for community action
FEBRUARY 21, 2011

“I hoped to prepare a curriculum that got kids excited about coming to school every day and made them feel an integral part of their school's community,” says Erin Nordstrand '12 about a project she undertook as part of course titled Community Applications of Psychology.

Monday's 'Junior Preview Day' event canceled
FEBRUARY 20, 2011

The Junior Preview Day scheduled for Monday, February 21, has been canceled due to weather. The forecast for significant snow accumulation will make travel inadvisable.

Young Oles defend public media, AmeriCorps
FEBRUARY 18, 2011

Paula Skaggs '12 (pictured) recently contributed the piece "Why public media matters" to the Huffington Post, while Wade Hauser '09 speaks up for AmeriCorps in a Star Tribune Op-Ed.

Bidding on Black and Gold
FEBRUARY 15, 2011

The annual Black and Gold Winter Gala, where Oles can bid on everything from a glider ride with a faculty member to an iPad loaded with the entire St. Olaf Records digital collection, has cemented its status as an event that makes supporting current students fun.

U.S. News quotes Zempel
FEBRUARY 15, 2011

For the story "Four tips to Learn a Foreign Language in College," U.S. News came to Professor of Norwegian Solveig Zempel for advice. She noted that language-learning software has its place, but is "no substitute for classroom instruction with an experienced teacher."

Nelsons provide gift for Tomson Hall
FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Brock '73 and Martha Arvesen Nelson '73 recently announced that they will provide a $250,000 gift to the newly opened Tomson Hall, which houses several academic programs and a wide variety of student services.

Hoekstra publishes edition of 16th-century music book
FEBRUARY 10, 2011

Professor of Music Gerald Hoekstra recently published a critical edition of a book of sacred music that was originally composed more than 400 years ago.

St. Olaf Model UN team puts local focus on global issues
FEBRUARY 10, 2011

Members of the St. Olaf Model United Nations team are about to begin its second year of helping high school students on the Northfield Area YMCA’s Model United Nations team. "It’s awesome to have an outlet to . . . give back to the community,” Signe Knutson ’11 says.

Lights, camera, Shakespeare!
FEBRUARY 10, 2011

A combination of film and live staging makes for a unique production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The 45 students who took Dona Freeman's Producing Theatre: Advanced course crafted all elements of the play during Interim.

Choir concert in Little Rock canceled
FEBRUARY 9, 2011

This evening’s St. Olaf choir concert in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church has been canceled due to bad weather. Tomorrow’s concert in Memphis and the remainder of the tour are not affected. Information on ticket refunds is available on the ticketing web page.


Star Tribune uncovers Ole connections
FEBRUARY 7, 2011

The Star Tribune's Graydon Royce has uncovered a host of St. Olaf connections in a Chicago theater company’s current Minneapolis production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage that includes Seth McNaughton '04, Matt Trucano '06, Colin Christie '07, and Megan Hadley '10.

Garrett named director of Budapest program
FEBRUARY 7, 2011

Associate Professor of Mathematics Kristina Garrett will now lead the internationally recognized Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program that was founded by St. Olaf faculty member Paul Humke.

Davis Scholars Program brings Oles from around the world
FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Eight students hailing from countries such as Ecuador, Albania, Denmark, and Kenya have come to St. Olaf through the Davis United World College Scholars Program, an initiative that fosters global awareness by increasing the number of international students who study in the U.S.

Intel names Brown 'Rock Star'
FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Associate Professor of Computer Science Richard Brown has been named a 'Rock Star' by the Intel Corporation for his ongoing efforts to create a new computing curriculum.

A global internship in Ghana
FEBRUARY 3, 2011

Liz Lampman '11 spent this Interim working for Global Mamas, a nonprofit organization in Ghana that promotes women's economic independence and fair trade. She shares what life there was like and what she found most rewarding about the work.

Tune in to 'Lunchtime Live' February 3
FEBRUARY 3, 2011

President David R. Anderson '74 will discuss Tomson Hall and the Main Street Initiative live online February 3 and respond to questions submitted by parents and alumni.

St. Olaf earns No. 2 slot in Peace Corps rankings
FEBRUARY 1, 2011

With 24 St. Olaf alumni currently serving abroad in the U.S. Peace Corps, St. Olaf College has once again earned a "Top 25" ranking from the Peace Corps in the number of volunteers the college produces.